Ecclesiastes 4:11
New International Version
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

New Living Translation
Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?

English Standard Version
Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?

Berean Study Bible
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?

King James Bible
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

New King James Version
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?

New American Standard Bible
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?

NASB 1995
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?

NASB 1977
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?

Amplified Bible
Again, if two lie down together, then they keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?

Christian Standard Bible
Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm?

American Standard Version
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone ?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if two will lie down they will get warm, and how will one be warm alone?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Also if two should lie together, they also get heat: but how shall one be warmed alone?

Contemporary English Version
If you sleep alone, you won't have anyone to keep you warm on a cold night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if two lie together, they shall warm one another: how shall one alone be warmed?

English Revised Version
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth: but how can one be warm alone?

Good News Translation
If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Again, if two people lie down together, they can keep warm, but how can one person keep warm?

International Standard Version
Again, if two lie close together, they will keep warm, but how can only one stay warm?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone?

Literal Standard Version
Also, if two lie down, then they have heat, but how has one heat?

NET Bible
Furthermore, if two lie down together, they can keep each other warm, but how can one person keep warm by himself?

New Heart English Bible
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone?

World English Bible
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone?

Young's Literal Translation
Also, if two lie down, then they have heat, but how hath one heat?

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Evil of Oppression
10For if one falls down, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to help him up! 11Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? 12And though one may be overpowered, two can resist. Moreover, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.…

Cross References
1 Kings 1:1
Now King David was old and well along in years, and though they covered him with blankets, he could not keep warm.

Ecclesiastes 4:10
For if one falls down, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to help him up!

Ecclesiastes 4:12
And though one may be overpowered, two can resist. Moreover, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


Treasury of Scripture

Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

1 Kings 1:1,2
Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat…









(11) They have heat.--The nights in Palestine were often very cold, and it would seem (Exodus 22:26) that it was common to sleep without any cover but the ordinary day garment; though see Isaiah 28:20.

Verse 11. - The first example of the advantage of companionship spoke of the aid and support that are thus given; the present verse tells of the comfort thus brought. If two lie together, then they have heat. The winter nights in Palestine are comparatively cold, and when, as in the case of the poorer inhabitants, the outer garment worn by day was used as the only blanket during sleep (Exodus 22:26, 27), it was a comfort to have the additional warmth of a friend lying under the same coverlet. Solomon could have had no such experience.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Again,
גַּ֛ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

two
שְׁנַ֖יִם (šə·na·yim)
Number - md
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

lie down together,
יִשְׁכְּב֥וּ (yiš·kə·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7901: To lie down

they will keep warm;
וְחַ֣ם (wə·ḥam)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2552: To be or become warm

but how
אֵ֥יךְ (’êḵ)
Interjection
Strong's 349: How?, how!, where

can one
וּלְאֶחָ֖ד (ū·lə·’e·ḥāḏ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Number - masculine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

keep warm {alone}?
יֵחָֽם׃ (yê·ḥām)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3179: To be hot, to conceive


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